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Last Snow of 2008

Last Snow of 2008
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-31
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-31 9:50
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Why put this in the Category insects? Because they are within twelve inches underneath this 2 feet of compacted snow. And along with the insects ready to come out in spring are the seeds and all living things in latent energy...awaiting to become kinetic and alive and in the new sun of 2009.

In a minimalist way, this is somewhat of a blank tablet..tabula rasa as it went all the way back to Aristotle. And to prove it The doctrine of empiricism was later explicitly formulated by John Locke in the 17th century. He argued that the mind is a tabula rasa (Locke used the words "white paper") on which experiences leave their marks.

What old and ancients forgot was that the only blank tablet comes with birth.....all else carries with it parts of our experience. And our knowledge tells us that not only is this NOT a totally blank tablet, as it is covered with specks of nature and needles and things too small without a microscope..

If you take a handful of this snow and melt it and then let it by the warmth of your fireplace for a week, then take a drop and put it on a slide and into a microscope. an inexpensive one will do quite well. Now...only now you will see things moving...small micro-organisms.....and other things not moving...things which might take further analysis to identify.

While not a perfect tabula rasa, it is good enough as an image of such in snow, to symbolize the end of 2008 and the beginning of a new year. And with those words I wish all of TN a Happy New Year!

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Hello Bob,
That is the very best note I have read since I have been on the Trek group! Interesting outlook on what life is and the changes that occur as each year passes into the next. Thoughts that give rise to wisdom and prosperity to mankind also begin on a "Blank Tablet", so it is here and now that I view your image of life's beginnings on your "Tabula Rasa" as a warm welcome into this year 2009, a year that mankind must alleviate all atrocities to one another and find that inner peace that allows prosperity, understanding, and good will to all of humanity, regardless of religious beliefs, government politics, or HATE!
May Your New Year Bring You Good Health, Prosperity, and Joy...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-31 13:05]

An interesting flow of pastel shades in the snow here Bob and the thought that there is insect life somewhere under it is appealing.
We shall look forward to their appearance next year!
I wish you, Jane and your family a Happy, Healthy and successful New Year!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-31 13:21]

Hi Bob,

One thing I have learned to expect from you is the unexpected. And this was totally unexpected. And fascinating! The picture illustrates your notes perfectly. A very Healthy and Happy New Year to you and Jane. And since there is no blank tablet for the world to begin 2009 on we can only hope the year will be a good one.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-31 14:56]

"Happy New Year" to you too Bob,
Your last post of the year reminds us of new beginnings yet to come! Each year as winter comes the plants, trees, insects and even some animal species take a rest for a few short months.
They then awaken to a new year and a chance for a new start in life. What a marvelous example they are for us humans to do the same.
Here's hoping the best for all our many friends on TN. My you have a prosperous 2009, and my your cameras capture countless images of nature for all to enjoy!!

Hi Bob,
Love your note though.
Amazing how quickly we fill that cup though .... and keep pouring and pouring ;)
I try to keep as clear as poss myself ....
Each day is a fresh new day to me ... no plans or commitments, and life just flows.
Hope 2009 will be a good one for you and yours.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-31 19:05]

Hello My Friend,
First thank you for yours and Janes friendship, one of this years highlights was meeting you both. Secondly may the New Year hold many blessings for You and yours. Lastly my you and Jane have improved health in the coming year so much so that you could make the trek to Canada so we could meet and sit around a campfire and have a great time under the stars telling stories.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-12-31 19:25]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Looking at Your photo meke me feel as cold as my beer. many thanks for your words.
Have a wonderful new year Bob. you and Your big famlily.
Luis Leal

Happy New Year Bob

Congratulations on your 600th post.It is a wonderful milestone.
You have a gift of looking at the ordinary and making it extraordinary.
This posting reminds us to see both the larger picture and the smaller picture as well.
Microcosms ,macrocosms,and a whole host of others.
Spring may be the time of rebirth,but I guess the New Year change is the time for new starts,personal reflection and the chance for a setting a new course.Tabula rasa.
This patch of snow is just snow with bits of nature and needles and things,just like a crystal ball is just a sphere of glass.But it takes ability to focus on it and to see in the mind's eye beyond the obvious.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-31 22:03]

Hi Bob,
Happy New Year. This sound like Jean-Paul Sartre and his 'Existentialism'. In Hinduism we call it 'MAYA', everything is there and still not there, its all we imagine and feel or beyond the imagination. tfs.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-01-01 0:14]

Hello Bob,

This looks like frosting on a cake ;-) or even milk powder. The composition and POV of the snow is really nice with the little view of the half burried twigs and leaves. The snow looks really soft. nice tones and lighting. Very interesting notes too Bob. TFS.

Wish you anf your family and new year filled with happiness, love, peace and good health. God Bless.


Hi Bob,

I wish you and your family also an healthy and good 2009.
Good notes, interesting explaination.


Ciao Bob, congratulations for your splendid 600th post on TN, fantastic tabula rasa by snow, we can see only little bugs, original post, I like a lot

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-01 3:48]

Thank you dear Bob for your wonderful words and yes, you do have a way with your words and that shows in the notes complimenting this simple picture too...taking the simple presentation to an entirely diferent level....I tell you your "Tabula..." thinking works and it does magic...
You are indeed the "Perspective Man"...stick with us ..with your thoughts and shots in 2009 too....and send us more ....
Wish You & Family A Healthy and Peaceful 2009

dear bob,
i wish you and your family a very happy new year 2009, it was a pleasure looking at your work last year and i am sure that 2009 will bring many of good images from a naturelover like you,
interesting capture with the kind of notes only you can write,
tfs & regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-01 7:06]

Hello Bob,
It is curious to see the insects in this way, :), a great idea full of sense and meaning. Had it been a tabula rasa probably would have not had so beautiful shades and sweet colors. I like it.
I wish you and your wife a very happy and healthy 2009, full of good events.
With my best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-01 11:15]

Hi Bob.
My heartfelt congratulations and wishes in New Year. Your contribution here is unique. I am impressed with your pictures and notes which are full of contents always. My kind regards and many thanks for all.

hello Bob

this one is your 600th photo,
tonight i just posted my 300th photo

nice shot of snow with his shades and from cold (bootom left side)
to warm (upper right side) colour tones, TFS

Happy and Healthy New Year for you and your family



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-03 14:02]

Very interesting shot Bob!
I love how the smooth snow is broken by the stark specks :-)
Excellent exposure.
Great light.

Well done and I really hope you and Jane recovery really quickly!


I hope you start feeling better really soon. I miss your bouncy, happy self.

Interesting shot...I like the way your mind works. I wouldn't have thought of photographing the snow.
Take care!

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